Peer-review procedure

The articles publishing follows the anonymous peer-review process which involves scholars and policy-makers from Ukraine as well as Latvia, Poland, Slovakia. There are 17 professors, Doctors of Economics in Editorial Board of the Journal. Every attempt will be made to contact authors within a month whether papers are accepted, require revision prior to possible publication, or are rejected. All of the reviewers adhere the ethical standards, defined by the documents of International and Ukrainian organizations on Publication Ethics. Authors unfamiliar with the anonymous peer-review process can find it described in the Manual for Authors and Reviewers for the Journal of International Economic Policy.

Why write and review articles for a peer-review journal?

First, as an academic and researcher, you will want to share your research with as broad a community as possible, the broadest of which is of course the international academic community. By gaining access to this community, you will develop invaluable partnerships and networks beyond your national base, deepen your field of specialization, contribute to a larger knowledge-base, raise your profile and enhance your credibility. However, in order to access this community, it is important to participate in and become familiar with its practices and standards. These practices and standards include the anonymous peer-review process.

Second, publishing articles in anonymous peer-review journals will assist in career mobility and advancement. While career advancement may certainly have national characteristics, such as those in Ukraine which should continue to be respected, these national characteristics may have little in common with the criteria for career advancement in other countries or systems. As a result, an academic trying to branch out and establish him/herself outside of the national base will find him/herself being judged according to standards and criteria about which he/she has little knowledge and in which he/she has had little experience and opportunities. One such standard and criteria is publishing in anonymous peer-review journals, widely considered to be the best measurement of an academic’s credentials and credibility and, thereby, of his/her merit for career advancement and promotion. Thus, to advance in one’s career – if such career plans include branching out internationally – then publishing in anonymous peer-review journals is essential. Otherwise, the career trajectory will be limited.

Finally, reviewing articles for a peer-review journal is also a very good way of developing one’s own expertise, learning about other research and new developments, and building a community of professionals in international economics. Moreover, reading works by others will improve one’s own writing skills.